Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University men's tennis team will enter the 2019 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament this weekend in Midland as the number three overall seed.
FSU will square off against sixth-seeded Ashland on Friday (April 26) in a first-round matchup starting at 6:45 p.m. (ET).
The six-team league tournament will be held at the Greater Midland Community Tennis Center beginning on Friday. The other first-round matchup will pit fourth-seeded Northwood against number five seed Lake Superior State. The first-round winners will advance to Saturday's semifinals beginning at 3:45 p.m. (ET). Both top-seeded Wayne State and second-seeded Grand Valley State earned opening round byes.
The title match in the conference tournament takes place Sunday (April 28) starting at 9 a.m. (ET). A third-place match will also be contested.
The Bulldogs are currently the three-time defending league tournament champions. Three years ago, Ferris State captured both the GLIAC Regular-Season and Tournament titles in the same campaign for the first time since 1994 when the tourney was structured in an individual-based format and not the current team dual format. FSU then repeated the feat the last two years prior to this season.
The Bulldogs, who are currently ranked seventh in the most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Midwest Regional Rankings, own a 8-10 overall record but went 6-2 in regular-season action. FSU has currently won its last two outings heading into postseason play.
Earlier this year, the Bulldogs beat Ashland 5-2 at home in Big Rapids on April 6 in the only regular-season matchup between the two squads.
The GLIAC Tournament represents the Bulldogs' final competition until a potential berth into the NCAA Division II Tournament. The NCAA Division II men's tennis selection show is Tuesday, May 7, at 8:30 p.m. (ET) with a live stream of the selection show available at NCAA.com.
For more information on the GLIAC Tournament, please visit this link:
GLIAC Championship Central